JENNIE LESHER

J. Lesher webphotoJennie Lesher, of Mora, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at St. Claire’s Living Community in Mora.  She was 88 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at New Hope Christian Reform Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.

VISITATION will be Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.

Jennie Lesher, of Mora, died March 27, 2014 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora.  She was 88 years old.

Jennie was born on November 8th, 1925 in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota to Holland immigrants, Ben and Jennie Miedema.  Dutch was spoken at home, but she quickly learned English as she attended rural schools nearby.   In 1937 her family moved to Ogilvie and in 1940 they moved to a farm in Ann Lake Township.   She graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1944. She married Harlo Lesher in 1945 and they had four children:  Patricia Oosterhuis, Janie Richardson, Louie Blum, and Mike Lesher.

She devoted twenty years to raising her children and being a homemaker before returning to the work force.  In 1966, she began the job that she loved; working as a secretary and bookkeeper for Ogilvie School until she retired in 1991.  She enjoyed watching the kids grow, and remarked, “They came in timid and shy as kindergartners and left confident and intelligent young men and women.”  After retiring she dedicated herself to volunteering at the Seven County Senior Federation in Mora.  In recognition of her volunteer work, she was named Kanabec County’s Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteer in 2013.

Faith was very important to Jennie.  She was a lifetime, dedicated member of the Christian Reformed Church in Ogilvie, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, bookkeeper, and treasurer.  Her strong faith helped her through tragedies in life, including the deaths of her husband Harlo; her daughter Patricia; and a newborn son. 

Family and friends were foremost in her life.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many.  Those who knew Jennie knew that she was always on the go and very active in the community. She also enjoyed nature, particularly feeding and watching birds.   A life-long lover of words, she enjoyed crosswords, scrabble, and game shows.  She took pleasure in baking, and was well known for her rice-pudding.  Jennie loved life on the farm where she lived until moving into the assisted living facility at the St. Clare Living Community.  Her last two years were spent in long-term care.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harlo; daughter Patricia; a newborn son, and brother Willie.  She is survived by children: Janie (Bob) Richardson, Louie (David )Blum, and Mike (Julie) Lesher; grandchildren: Doug Oosterhuis, David (Phoebe) Oosterhuis, Chris (Brooke) Blum, Kelsey Blum, Mary Lesher, and Patrick Lesher; great-granddaughter Sabrina Oosterhuis; sisters: Florence (Willard) Rask, Clara DeVries, Sylvia (Gerrit) Bos, Laverne (Dwaine) McKinnon, Wilma (Steve) Radsom; sister-in-law Anna Mae Miedema and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to American Cancer Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Angelman’s Syndrome Foundation.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.   Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.  Music will be provided by Jacki Peterson and Mike Nelson. Casket Bearers are Jennie’s grandchildren. Interment at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.

8 guestbook entries for JENNIE LESHER

  1. Ann and George Walper March 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    In memory and thanks for the life of Jennie Lesher. Our thoughts are with all her family; with love from Brooke (Chris) Blum’s parents, Ann and George Walper.

  2. Dianne Sanden Febles March 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I remember Jennie as a significant part of my high school years when she was an ever present member of the office staff, coordinating all the things the students needed to get through to graduation. In recent years I was able to visit with her at St. Claire’s and was impressed with her memory of all of us and the shenanigans that we were part of so many decades ago. She could recount many activities and who was responsible! My sincere sympathies to her family. She will be missed by so many in the Ogilvie community.

  3. Sue (Kientop) Kadlec March 31, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Peace to a great lady! She will be missed. I have fond memories of many conversations with Jenny. She was instrumental in the Happy Hour Club coming to visit my Mom: Lil Kientop while she was in her later years at the Villa…..I’m sure then it wasn’t an easy thing to organize. BUT most of all I Loved her oldest daughter Patty and still can hear her infectious laughter…which brings a quick smile to my face. ALL my memories of your family was great and loved them being part of my childhood neighborhood growing up….thanks for the memories to the Lesher family. HUGS!

  4. Ralph Morgenweck April 1, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    i have fond memories of Jenny as our farm neighbor and the Lesher kids as schoolmates at Riverside and in Ogilvie. She was always energetic and interested in what was happening in the neighborhood. She is an example of a life well lived.

  5. Bruce Arnold April 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Ah Jennie Lesher. What a gem. She always had a smile for me whenever I saw her and I suspect that was true for everyone else, too. She took such pride in remembering everyone and our connections to one another; if I wanted to figure out the connections of others, Jennie seemed to know. I recall many a conversation with her during my adult years. She loved well and took great pride in her family and celebrating accomplishments of all. Surely you will all miss her but rest assured so will all that knew her. RIP Jenny and thanks for being such a loving and generous spirit. Greetings to all the family, especially to Mike and Janie, as you celebrate your mother’s life and all she meant to each of you.

  6. Chuck and Darlene Kientop April 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Jennie was such a special friend to the Kientop family over many years. Her smiles, her caring for others, will never be forgotten. She was such a dedicated member of “The Club” and an inspiration to all. We send our prayers, and will always remember out last hug.

  7. Mike and Cheryl Peterson April 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jennie’s family at this time. We both have many fond memories of Jennie. She was a very special, kind lady.

  8. Carol Breitkreutz April 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    I had the privilege to work with Jennie at the Ogilvie School District. She was fun to work with and my best memory of Jennie is how she always kept a journal of things that happened at the school and would tell us those stories. :-). She will be missed!

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